The Barn Gallery & Creative Exchange, Perth

Another weekend gone, and we’re on to the next upcoming events! Saturday, December 3rd sees the opening of an eclectic Christmas show at the beautiful Barn Gallery at the Bield in Blackruthven.

I was part of an exhibition at this gallery 5 years ago and it’s really lovely, tucked away in gorgeous surroundings near Tibbermore in Perthshire. There will be 16 artists displaying a mix of Craft Fair and Exhibition style work, ranging from Christmas decorations to sculpture, painting, jewellery, stone carving, heritage knits, stained glass and woodwork. Opening hours are 10-4.30 (closed Mondays) and homebaking and hot drinks will be available on weekends!

Also this weekend you can find me at Creative Exchange’s Winter Market in Perth:

Creative Exchange is part of WASPS and the artists will be opening their studios around the building in addition to the market on the ground floor. Entry is free and there will be a pop-up cafe so if you’re in the Perth area pop along from 10-4 Saturday and Sunday.

Another busy week of making awaits!

TTFN πŸ™‚

Perth Museum & Art Gallery and The Yard

Hello again! After an extremely busy weekend at Glasgow’s Kibble Palace (5000 visitors in total!) I’m back to quickly let you know what I’m up to over the next few days. On Thursday the 24th you can find me at Perth Museum & Art Gallery for a Christmas Shopping Evening

As well as selected art and craft from around Perthshire there will be free mulled wine, mince pies and entertainment, so if you’re in Perth pop along between 4-7.30pm.

On Sunday November 27th I am taking a break from HooperHart and returning to The Yard as Rudy and the Rowan Tree! I first did this market back in May, and it’s a wee gem, tucked away in a hidden courtyard. There’ll be the usual craft stalls, street food and live music so it will make for a fun day out as well as an ideal place to start ticking off your gift list. It’s also dog friendly so join us from 11-4 on Sunday.

Well, time to get back to the making or I won’t have much in the way of stock for these events!

Thanks for reading and TTFN πŸ™‚

Double Door & Kibble Palace

I’ve got lots going on again this week so I’m starting with a very quick heads-up on the events front!

This Thursday evening the Double Door Festive Boutique in Dundee begins with an invite-only preview followed by selected opening times which can be viewed and booked on their website

There will be a gorgeous selection of work by Scottish designers and makers including art, jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, prints, cards, candles and cosmetics. Entry is free and you have until the 22nd of December to pop along!

My second event of the week is with Tea Green once again, and it’s returning for the first time since 2019 to the place of my birth – Glasgow! The venue is Kibble Palace in the city’s Botanic Gardens and you can find me there on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20th from 10-4.

I’ll be back with more news next week but in the meantime you can find details of all my upcoming events on my ‘Shop’ page. TTFN!

Tea Green at Bowhouse

I might have mentioned that it’s all hands on deck here at HooperHart Headquarters (okay, two hands…I only have two hands just in case you were wondering). Festive market season is in full effect with an event on every weekend until mid-December (not to mention a couple of Thursday evenings). Next up is the ever fabulous Tea Green Market Weekend at Bowhouse in St Monans, Fife. I’ll be there on Saturday, November 11th from 10am – 4pm.

After a very busy weekend at Blair Castle, I find myself in the fortunate but mildly stressful position of having to replenish pretty much everything in time for Saturday. I’m pleased to report my recently launched flower stems and double decorations were a hit, particularly the set of 3 Paint Your Own Flower Stems (possibly because they make a great gift which can be posted easily as a large letter); they are currently sold out so I’ve popped them in the Folksy shop as a pre-order listing with a two week turnaround. Fingers crossed I’ll have more decorations listed soon!

As ever there will be loads of totally top-notch contemporary Scottish craft, art and design, as well as a host of yummy fresh produce and street food at Bowhouse, so if you’re in the area pop along and say hi!

Bowhouse pictures: Visit Scotland, Love from the Scotland, Scotland the Bread

Exclusively Highlands at Blair Castle

So somehow it’s November in four days’ time, and once again I am wondering how that happened (like I do every year). This means that the festive fair season will shortly begin in earnest, and this time it’s kicking off with a big one – the Blair Christmas Fair

Nestled in the breathtaking scenery of Highland Perthshire, venues don’t come much grander than Blair Castle and late autumn is the perfect time to visit. There will be 75 stalls of the finest Scottish arts, crafts and foods spread across the courtyard, ballroom and grand hall, so it’s the ideal place to start ticking off your Christmas shopping list whilst enjoying some glorious surroundings!

The fair runs from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th, 10am -4pm (children admitted free) and you can book tickets from the Atholl Estates website. Hope to see you there!

Rottal Events Pop-Up Makers Market

Next on my calendar of events (and my first of the season as HooperHart) is the Rottal Pop Up Event & Makers Market this Saturday, October 8th. The setting is the beautiful Rottal Estate in Glen Clova, Angus.

Rottal Steading, Glen Clova

As well as a host of fantastic local makers, there will be food and drink available all day, entry is free and dogs are welcome, so it would make a great day out! I’ll be bringing along some brand new pieces too so pop along between 10-4!

The Yard Dundee

I’m trying to be more consistent/frequent with my blog posts so here’s another one!

I’m just back from a lovely break away on the Isle of Bute to celebrate a Big Birthday which was just idyllic. The sun was out so we were mostly beach-based, and I even went swimming IN THE SEA! Twice! At the beginning of this year I didn’t think that was ever going to be possible due to an ongoing health issue, so I was over the moon to be feeling physically able to do it. I was rewarded with sight of four seals popping up to see what all the splashing about was! All in all the perfect end to the summer.

Anyway, it’s back to business this week, particularly with the start of the busy season just around the corner. The calendar is filling up with markets and fairs so I thought this would be a good time to mention that the first one is coming up soon:

You can find me (as Rudy and the Rowan Tree) at the Yard @ 71 Brewing, Ure Street, Dundee from 11-4 on Saturday, October 1st – there will be loads of fellow creatives, guest food traders and DJs, plus it’s a really cool venue with great beer if that’s your thing!

Hope to see you there!

Autumn Almanac

Another summer of record-breaking temperatures comes to an end…spectacularly in Perthshire with torrential rain and flooding replacing scorched earth and water shortages.

As we move into September, I’m trying not to focus on the implications of these extremes in the weather and staving off the melancholic thoughts by looking forward to my birthday (it’s a big one!), enjoying the changing colours on my daily walks, and planning the rest of the year’s making.

Wooden Autumn Decorations by HooperHart on Folksy
Fox Brooches by HooperHart on Folksy
Starlit Fox mini framed diorama by HooperHart on Folksy

The calendar is filling up with festive events and it’s looking like I’ll be a bit busier with these than last year, now that things have returned to normal (whatever that is!). Keep checking my ‘SHOP’ page for details of where you can find me in person this winter. See you soon πŸ™‚

What makes me happy

Hello! Thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet πŸ™‚ I have been neglecting it quite badly – I was a little shocked to see that I have only done 3 posts on here in the past year…3!!! That is very poor I think you’ll agree…in my defence it’s been a difficult year and my mind has been elsewhere for much of it. Health/work/money issues, bereavement and moving to a different county (and not yet having a home of our own) are all things which have really gotten in the way. Making my work always makes me feel better by taking me out of myself and giving me focus, but there have been so many times when I’ve felt ‘what’s the point?’ However, the only thing for it is to keep going and keep doing what makes me happy (where possible)! So in lieu of any new work, here’s a wee round-up of some of my favourite pieces from the past year…

I’ll be back at some point with some new pieces and hopefully more positive news! Thanks for reading and remember, you can follow me on Instagram Facebook and Twitter for all my latest news

Festive Fairs

Ok, so I’m a little bit late with this seeing as two have already been and gone, but anyway – if you missed me in St Monans and Strathaven you can catch me in a few more places (virtually and IRL) in case any of you need some Christmas gift inspiration!

My next event is online – Tea Green Marketplace, a favourite of mine showcasing the best of art, design and craft currently being produced in Scotland. I’ll be participating as HooperHart for this one…links to event coming soon.

The following weekend I’ll be joining our friends at Folksy as Rudy & the Rowan Tree for the inaugural online Folksy Local Scotland Christmas Market

My final in-person fair of the season is one I’ve not done before but I’m very excited about – the wasps Winter Market at the Briggait in Glasgow. WASPS is an award-winning charity which provides affordable studio space for over 800 artists working in Scotland. I’ll be exhibiting as HooperHart at this one, and it’s sure to be a great event with lots of fantastic artists and designers, so pop along if you can on December 11th & 12th.